1. Born in Hong Kong in 1939 to Russian parents who wanted her to gain British citizenship. Raised speaking Russian. Moved to China with her family for several years--she was there during the time of Japanese occupation, but she doesn't remember much about it.
2. Moved to Panama, where she began learning Spanish and met Mike's dad while they were both working at the British Embassy. English is her third language.
|Edward, Kathleen, and Michael|
|The children with Mamu|
|Hugh, Mike, Olga, and Ed|
|Mike receiving his M.Phil from Oxford|
|Olga and Hugh at our wedding|
|Photo of Hugh taken on our last trip to England, the year before he died|
|Carrying Chris in the Baby Bjorn up our front steps|
|With Kath, Victoria, and Kieran in 2004|
|Rare photo with nearly all the grandchildren (Nicholas had crawled away!), 2007|
|Baby Nicholas in one of Olga's sweaters|
Olga has been visiting us since mid-March and she leaves this week. She came for Mike's 50th birthday, Easter, and the April birthdays of my dad, Kieran, and her own. It hasn't been her most-enjoyable visit, because she's been sick for the past few weeks, with a hacking cough. Consequently, she also hasn't had much energy. Next she's on to Florida to visit Nancy and family...I'm sure the warmer weather will do wonders. I hope she has a marvelous birthday and has a healthier stay next time she comes to visit!
|Celebrating her birthday last year in Oregon with her sister-in-law Nancy, Mike, and me (2012)|
Read more Monday Listicles at The Good Life, by Stasha, who in the last week has become famous for her amazing photos of her son and his Newfoundland (they hit Buzzfeed!).